Concrete Pumpkin

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Happy Halloween!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have one more pumpkin diy to share. I wanted to make this last Halloween but just ran out of time so it was definitely on my list this year.  The Concrete Easter Eggs were my first experience with concrete and it was pretty easy so I was pretty excited.  Also I did some research and I guess cement and concrete are not the same.  Cement is  an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. So Concrete is stronger and will last much longer.  The original idea is on the blog Fox Hollow Cottage.

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First cut a hole and and design you want on the pumpkin with a knife. This one was a light I got at Goodwill so it already had a face and a hole in the bottom.

Next put plastic wrap tightly around the face so the concrete won’t leak out. Turn in upside down and spray the inside with cooking spray. I forgot this stepsons mines isn’t stick too bad but I would recommend using spray. I put my pumpkin I. A bucket to get it to stay upside down while I poured the concrete in. The concrete I used was Quikrete from Home Depot.  

  If you’ve never mixed concrete it’s pretty easy. Some people add the powder to the water, I like to add water gradually to the powder while I stir. Only add a little water at a time until you get an even and thick but pourable consistency.

Let the pumpkin sit for at least 24 hours after you pour the concrete.

When you cut the foam pumpkin off use a knife, scissors, and a screw driver came in handy for prying pieces off.

When I took my pumpkin off the eyes and eyes didn’t fill in all the way so I mixed some more concrete up in a cup and speckle some on to make them bigger and more triangular. It doesn’t have to be perfect though. The cracks and rough spots are what makes the concrete pumpkin interesting!

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Show me your costumes in Instagram by using #peppermintsandhoneybees. Now go get your spook on!

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Terrarium Lamp

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I’ve been eyeing this old lamp at a local used furniture store for over a year now, and after it was still there the last visit I decided to make what I had planned for it. Also I got it for $1 and full of rocks!!! I already had the moss and driftwood. I bought fake succulents from Hobby Lobby; 1 because how would I water them and 2  even if I could um…I don’t want to electrocute myself. I spray painted a couple brass parts that had lost their shine with Rust-o-leum Metallic in gold.

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It was a little difficult to fill because it opens from the bottom and the bottom doesn’t detach completely since it’s attached to the wiring.  I had to fill and kind of shake and roll it around to get things where I wanted but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  The lamp shade is from Target.  Show me what all you have made terrariums out of!

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Pumpkin Terrarium

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When I was in elementary school I always secretly loved projects where I got to make dioramas. I’ve always loved miniatures and love making little scenes. So when I found some pictures on Pinterest here and here that combined my love of dioramas with my love for Halloween I knew what I had to do!  I found the foam pumpkin at Goodwill. Someone had tried to carve what sort of looked like a castle and gave up so I buggy it and just cut a big hole out where they had started carving. Of course you can just by a new foam pumpkin from any craft store in the fall. Just make sure it’s the hallow carve-able kind!

I chose to spray paint the inside black as shown below but it’s totally up to you what you want the inside to look like.

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I used rocks, sticks and different kinds of moss for the terrarium.  The moon and stars are glow-in-the-dark stickers and the fox is a little figurine from Joann’s.  Finding things to put in is half the fun!  I’m still on the hunt for very tiny battery powered led string lights that I can attach the the top inside to shine light down on my scene.  It’ll be fun to switch things around every year.  Now get to crafting!

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Lace T-shirt Redo

Hello all I hope your are enjoying the beginnings of fall!  Sorry for the long absence.  As you may or may not know, I started grad school At Columbia College in Chicago and to say that it is taking up most of my time would be an understatement!  So…if my posts are far and few between lately you will know why.  No fear though, I’m still here and still blogging, I just don’t have as much free time to diy.  Any ways I have this t-shirt DIY that I actually made quite a while ago and just never got around to posting.  It’s quite simple if you have a sewing machine and a shirt you don’t mind ripping apart.  I got the idea from this awesome diy blog Trash to Couture.

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All you need is:

  • a t-shirt
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine plus pins, scissors etc.
  • lace or crocheted trim.  (Mine is from Joanne’s Fabric)

First cut the very edge off of the sides of the shirt including the sleeves.  Don’t cut too deep, you want your shirt to still cover you.  measure out how much trim you will need before you but it.  Mine took about 3′ for both sides.  you want to lay the open shirt out and measure from the bottom of the front to the bottom of the back.  after you buy your trim pin in onto the shirt edge and sew it in place.

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Next you want to sew the front and back together again but remember to leave a whole for your arm.  I would leave a good sized hole so the shirt flows. And there you go!DSC_0022

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Lemon Mulberry Chia Pudding

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I’m ashamed to say that even though I’ve been putting chia seeds in my morning smoothies and in my tea and occasionally in Greek yogurt, I haven’t tried to make chia pudding until now.  Chia Seeds are packed with nutrients and aid in digestion so they are understandably one of the current health food crazes, but they can also be made into a delicious and healthy dessert.  When they get wet they get a gelatinous membrane around them that thickens whatever they are in.

I didn’t realize how easy it was or how many different variations you can make.  I found this version from The Healthy Maven.  That version was for lemon raspberry chia pudding but I had mulberries instead of raspberries so I improvised and it was still delicious.

The ingredients are:

  • 2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 4 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • The juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup Mulberries, raspberries or well any type of berries
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave

Combine all the ingredients into a large container or jar, stir it up, and refrigerate over night.

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It will be very runny at first but it’ll thicken up, I promise!  Eat it plain or with more fruit and/or granola.  You can add anything and I cant wait to try some more versions.  I think pomegranate seeds would be good, or maybe strawberry kiwi.  Let me know what you come up with!

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Carrot Cookies 

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I actually found this recipe in the little booklet that came with my ninja blender.  It looked good (and easy) so I thought I’d give it a try.  It looked good and has carrots so its sorta healthy right?

It was super easy and fast to make since I just added all the ingredients and blended them.  You definitely don’t need a blender to make these though.

The ingredients are:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs of flax eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

The last two ingredients I added to the recipe.  Just combine everything and drop teaspoon sized amounts onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 minutes and that’s it!  It was supposed to make 36 but I got about 28.  (I made some a little bigger)
        IMG_6763DSC_0352DSC_0353These are nice because they aren’t too sweet, although I think they would be good with honey drizzled on them.  I was going to take some to work but Ben likes them so much he didn’t what me to!  I’ll have to make more. 😉  Anyway, enjoy!

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Roasted Beet Hummus 


I’ve been super excited all week because we bought a Ninja blender/processor last weekend. It even mixes dough so brace yourselves for the food posts! It’s kind of funny the things I get excited about now that I’m an adult but whatever now I can make more of my own food. It’ll be cheaper (maybe) and healthier!

The first recipe I tried out was for this beet hummus. Now if you don’t like beets this probably won’t be for you, but if your like me and love them then I’ve this a try. It’s fast and easy!

Ingredients:

  • I can of chickpeas (hominy)
  • Cooked baby beets about 4
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 2 or 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (I used the squeezable kind)

Someone got into the pita chips before the hummus was made…spoiler, it was me!

Now you don’t have to have a fancy pants blender for this, just a regular blender or food processor will do if it’s big enough. Just combine all ingredients and blend till smooth. Now mine was still a little chunky which is fine, but if you want it perfectly smooth you might want to blend the chickpeas before adding the rest of the ingredients.  It only takes a few minutes and is delicious!

Sometimes I buy beet hummus from While foods but now I can make my own and it makes a ton!  Also I can control what’s inside so I don’t have to worry about any preservatives or chemicals.  The original recipie that I looked at was from The Year in Food. 

Enjoy!